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out that teachers in california are investors in bushmaster. california state teachers retirement system invested $600 million in cerberus, that private equity firm. that means the teachers retirement fund owns 2.4% of the freedom group, parent of bushmaster. it is now reviewing that investment and other potential holdings in gun companies. chief investment officer at the teachers retirement system. thank you so much for talking with us and walking us through this this morning. clearly you must have heard from teachers over the past week. >> yes, we have, through e-mail, phone calls and social media. >> what are they telling you? >> well, obviously, they're very distraught, as we were. and, you know, i was devastated when we realized we had this investment in our portfolio. it's extremely small. that's why we hadn't focused in on it, in particular. and their reaction, obviously, is of great concern. >> i should point out there are a lot of retired california teachers. you are one of the biggest sort of investors in the country. you have a very big, broad portfolio. teachers invest
♪ >>> massive and widespread flooding hits california in a major way. we'll have a live report straight ahead. >>> the kansas city chiefs pull off a win the day after one of their own commits suicide. new details about his death, the murder of his girl friend and what happens their 3-month-old baby. >>> and an entire town is evacuated this morning. find out the unusual reason why in just two minutes. good morning. welcome to "early start" for a monday morning. >> yes. >> hard to get up on a monday, isn't it? >> it sure is. >> i'm alina cho. >> i'm zoraida sambolin. today is december 3rd. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. the rain keeps coming in northern california. the third pacific storm unleashing floodwaters, knocking out power to thousands in san francisc francisco, sacramento and thousands of others. >> this thing just went up fast. real fast. we had previously had it gotten up high, but it hasn't gotten this bad. >> you live right here in the park? >> right there. >> right there. >> right there. i got my mom out. i took her down to a friend's house down the street. you never
benefits to same sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's prop 8, which took away the right of same sex marriage that had been previously approved by state courts. >>> florida governor charlie crist completed his political transformation. crist was elected governor as a republican in 2006, then later ran for the senate as an independent. he campaigned for president obama, and spoke at the democratic national convention. he's now officially a democrat and is widely expected to run for governor again in 2014. >>> south africa's beloved nelson mandela is getting tests in a hospital. the country's president says no cause for alarm there. he says the 94-year-old mandela is getting tests consistent with his age. the nobel laureate became his nation's first black president. >>> the fbi wants to talk to a man in custody in egypt. he's a well known islamic extremist. that's why egypt wanted him taken down. but american terrorist watchers think he might be behind the deadly attacks this year at the u.s. consulate in libya. cnn's susan candiotti has
. >>> in california, a law that mainstream mental health groups and equal rights advocates have held as a milestone is under attack tonight. the law bans so-called conversion therapy or reparative therapy, a so-called treatment that claims to turn gay children and teenagers straight. california's ban was scheduled to take effect january 1st but in the last 48 hours, two federal judges have issued opposing rulings in separate lawsuits challenging the ban. one judge ruled that three plaintiffs will be able to continue offering the therapy until their trial is over. the other judge denied an injunction to a separate set of plaintiffs. both lawsuits, it's confusing, but both lawsuits claim that banning the so-called therapy violates therapists' first amendment rights. keep in mind, nearly all mainstream medical and psychological associations say there's no solid evidence that any of these therapies work, while they also say they may be damaging. we're talking about kids, teenagers who often don't choose this therapy for themselves. it's often chosen by their parents. dr. drew pinsky has pretty strong t
. california's proposition 8. they made their way to the high court's doorstep. at least one -- at least one, is kind of likely to get on the docket. sooner rather than later. while we wait, the best person to talk about that is cnn's senior legal analyst jeffrey toobin who literally wrote the book, or a couple of them, on the supreme court. i was talking to you last friday. i was talking to you monday. you are back for another friday. are they going to make me wait again for another day? are or are we going to get something today? >> those that know don't tell and those that tell don't know. that's the rule with the supreme court. it seems likely we will hear if not today then very soon. also, we should hear that they are going to take the case. remember, two federal appeals courts have now declared the -- >> when you say the case -- >> the defense of marriage act. proposition 8 is a very separate matter. when a federal appeals court declares an act of congress unconstitutional the supreme court almost always takes the case. >> two federal courts have said this. you feel as though this woul
act, and the other, a challenge to california's proposition 8 which took away the right for gays and lesbians to legally wed in the state. now the court's expected to hear arguments in march, with a ruling by late june. and the decision to take on the issue comes just weeks after voters in three more states approved same of sex marriage. joining me now, cnn's legal analyst jeffrey toobin. how big is this? put this in perspective. >> huge. this is really a major event in american history, not just court history. same-sex marriage now is at the center of the american legal world. this was a cause that was seen as a fringe issue as recently as the '90s. >> it wasn't even mentioned as a possibility. >> it was not even mentioned. polling has gone from, you know, approximately 20% to 30% support in the '90s. now gallup poll showed 53%. exist polls showed 49%. now ark fears command close to a majority support. and now the supreme court may decide that same-sex marriage will be the law of the land everywhere. >> how much of this has been affected by the fact that for the first time in th
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if they just don't take up the case? >> well, then same-sex marriage essentially becomes law in california and it was about the referendum. most court watchers would say defensive marriage act is the most likely of all the challenges to take up. the thinking they want to weigh in on a question dealing with what role the federal government can play when it comes to the issue of marriage because and we can't say this enough, throughout history, marriage is regulated by the states so, you know, important thing to consider there. >> and just quickly, also, joe, when it comes to the defensive marriage act, it is important for people to know if the court decides to adjudicate, it does not mean that that's the law of the land, that people can start getting married any which way they want to. correct? >> no. it means they're taking it up. they still have a decision that's down the road. there's a variety of different ways they could decide on doma. you know, they don't have to decide on equal protection grounds but the narrow question of benefits or certain benefits or certain tax breaks that marr
, and california republican mary bono mack joining us as well. and former commerce secretary carlos gutierrez, tiki barber is with us, as well. "starting point" begins right now. good morning, welcome, everybody. our "starting point" this morning is those pacific storms in northern california. third one in five days from san francisco to sacramento, floodwaters and fierce winds have been knocking out power to thousands of people. some people who lived in the areas for decades say they have never seen anything like this. >> thing just went up fast. >> we've had previously where it's gotten up real high but hasn't gotten this bad. >> do you live right here in the park? >> right here. >> right here? yeah, right there. i got my mom out. i took her down to a friend's house down the street because you never know if water like this what it's going to do. >> people are evacuating out of the cars, and as you see, you can't get out. i had to march up the hill and walk down the side hill to get in here. so it's really, really very bad. >> rob marciano is tracking the storms from the cnn weather center in atla
to take on is proposition 8, the california ballot initiative adding a state constitutional amendment in 2008 that said only marriage between a man or woman is valid or recognized in california. it overturned a court ruling that said same-sex couples have a right to marry. the cases are likely to be heard in march and decided some time in june. randi? >> joe johns, thank you very much for that. we'll be right back. >>> some are calling it the next "roe v. wade" or brown versus board of education. the issue the u.s. supreme court agreed to take on that will make history. >>> all of those who argued for non-intervention because of the things that might happen have now happened because we failed to intervene. >> when is enough enough? that is the question many are asking about syria as the death toll climbs and concerns mount over chemical weapons. now some lawmakers are saying it may be too late to stop mass destruction. >>> and could this be the end of "gangnam style" mania? why pop sensation psy is apologizing for some anti-american lyrics. [ telephones ringing ] at chevy's year-end e
. ultimately fighting gave way to training, a base of operations in california at the hollywood gym now world renowned. his mother has become part of the care. >> hi, how are you? >> good. you? >> i'm good. >> his mother barbara has become part of the fabric here. >> i spent a lot of time in gyms when their father worked. after all those years when i came back here, it's like home. it's like coming home, you know. the smells are familiar and the people are familiar. it's just a nice place to be. so, it's a big part of my life, a big part of their life. a big part of our lives. >> the walls of the gym are lined with commemoratives of the hall of fame career. but 2012 has been undeniably difficult. with not only pacquiao's loss to bradley in june but also defeats of his other elite fighters. khan and chavez jr. with khan subsequently fired roach from his corner. >> i'm wondering if i'm losing my touch. i had a run there for like six years where at least five years where i only lost like three fights in that entire time. now i've lost like three in a row. it's not easy. you know, you sometimes c
of marriage act. and also, california's proposition-8 and how's this for a backdrop? in washington state, thousands of gay couples got married on sunday. and the new year promises the same for those in maryland and maine when their new state laws take effect. right now, same-sex marriage is legal in nine states and washington, but it's either banned or not recognized in more than 30 states and just not recognized at all by federal law either. that's the defense of marriage act. a high court has been split on nearly every major decision. john roberts has also been a wild card on occasion, so as you can imagine, past opinions of these people have become a bit of a window perhaps to what future decisions may yield and this has critics and supporters of gay marriage on edge and waiting and that includes evan wils wilson, the director of freedom to marry or god father of the gay marriage movement. so, i hear people asking the question of either people who are before or against the issue of gay marriage. you must be excited that the supreme court is finally going to take this up. some people a
in california. three storms in less than a week and at least one death attributed to those storms. more rain is expected today. rob marciano is following it all from the cnn weather center in atlanta. a lot of rain headed their direction? >> yes. not as much as last week, but the ground is already sat ratur. napa valley has been getting hit hard. the russian river up and over flood banks. now they will ease back into the riverbeds, but with additional rainfall today, it may go back into flood stage there. there is the latest video showing a couple glimmers of sunshine, that was short-lived yesterday. how much rainfall have we seen in the last few days? in a six-day total almost two feet of rain at mount sast ta. sterling city, 21 inches of rainfall. sims, california, 17.9. this is tremendous rainfall for a nontropical area. it has a tropical connection, because it's coming from the direction of hawaii, but still a mid and northern latitude situation. seattle and portland seeing some rain, snow at the higher elevations. if anything is a saving grace, it's a little cooler this go-around, so so
near you. >>> northern california, oregon, and washington state are getting just pummeled with rain, and it's the fourth storm in a row since last wednesday which means there's been no time to recover each time these places get hit, and flooding damage, well, just look at your screen, it's an absolute mess. we have crews covering every angle of this storm. dan simon is in lafayette, california, which is in the northeast part of oakland. there's a massive sinkhole there. chad myers is in the cnn weather center watching these storms as they develop. dan, let me start with you. what's the story on the sinkhole? >> reporter: well, as you said, ashleigh, it is a real mess out here. let me show you what's going on. you can see crews here removing some of the debris. this is a massive sinkhole. this is 80 feet long, 15 feet deep, 40 feet wide. let me explain how this happened. there's a creek that runs beneath the concrete, and it got clogged up and it just washed away all the dirt, and with that the road. you got the whole street closed. it's going to be closed for several months. what cr
in california, that case, whether the ban on same sex marriage there is unconstitutional. and that could affect all 50 states. so there is at least the potential that by the end of june, all 50 states will be ordered to have same sex marriage. there is a long way between here and there, but that is now a possibility. >> what is so interesting about this, this is not just about the marriage issue, so much as it is an equal protection issue because so many people have been denied benefits under federal law. >> that's the defense of marriage act case. what the defense of marriage act case, what the law says, passed in 1996, signed into law by president clinton, that law says that the federal government will not recognize same sex marriages, even in the states where it's legal. so if you are a married couple, same sex couple in massachusetts, you can't file a joint tax return, can't inherit tax free the way heterosexual married couples can. the obama administration says, agrees that law is unconstitutional. that law is now being defended by a lawyer hired by the republicans in the house of represen
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being reported across southern california. also thunderstorms being reported yesterday in las vegas. that was the 25th day they saw thunderstorms this year. the record is 26. so a lot of thunderstorms in vegas. you had record rainfall of a quarter inch in san diego. you had 1.56 inches of rainfall. yuma, you had record rain as well. the rain in through phoenix. it is snowing through flagstaff, getting into the grand canyon as well. this system will slowly spiral its way into the four corners and bring with it more in the way of some heavy snow. some of it will be over the san juans of southwest colorado. they'll take that fresh powder, for sure. the south side of the system will have wind as well with winds gusting to 60 miles an hour. ahead of that, warm and sunny. a nice chill in the air to get you in the mood for the season across the east coast. that's a quick check on weather. "early start" coming right back. for more than 116 years, ameriprise financial has worked for their clients' futures. helping millions of americans retire on their terms. when they want. where they want.
of the american action forum and robert reich from the university of california and berkeley and former secretary under bill clinton. douglas, does this sound like code for a deal in the works? >> it certainly is good news that they aren't taking things off the table. i would be premature if i was celebrating a deal. there's a long way to go. it's important that they reach an agreement. the fiscal cliff is a very real danger to the united states economy. it's a recipe for a recession. and i certainly would not like to see the rhetoric that we saw from the treasury secretary tim geithner who said he's prepared to go over the fiscal cliff. that is not a good way to talk about what's going on right now. >> mr. reich, let me ask you the same thing. do you think there's code suggesting they are working towards something? because, doug, as you point out, the language was really harsh during this week. but all of a sudden, here we are friday evening and people are saying these kind of soft things that say maybe compromise. what do you think, robert? >> i think doug is right. it's too early to break out
have an immediate impact on gay spouses denied benefits. casey wayan introduces us to a california couple with a lot riding on the issue. >> reporter: november 1 was a big day. did you think four years later you would be fighting a legal battle for the rights that other married couples enjoy? >> on that particular day it wasn't on our minds. >> reporter: three days later californians voted to outlaw future marriages. their union is recognized by the state, but not by the federal government tracy served as a 12-year highly decorated army veteran. >> especially after the repeal of don't ask, don't tell, there are other veterans that are going to be facing this same issue. >> reporter: for them, the immediate issue is spousal disability benefits for which maggie is ineligible. >> i look forward to a time when it's a fully recognized marriage in the eyes of the federal government and that we don't have to worry about burdens that are going on in our daily lives. >> reporter: such as tracy's diagnosis of multiple sclerosis which they have determined is related to her service in wars in
. >>> in california, campus police shot and killed a graduate student at california state university in san baernardinobe. police say the student was shot and killed after he became aggressive and got into an altercation with officers in the hall ray of the dorm. >>> and a shooting on the tule indian reservation. the suspect hector salea shot and killed three people before taking off in a car with his two young daughters. police caught up with salea before exchanging gun fire with him. >>> a search is underway now for popular mexican-american singer jenni rivieeriererrivera. she performed at a concert last night in monterrey mexico. >>> here in atlanta, two parents were charged after encouraging their daughter to fight another girl at a bus stop. [ bleep ] [ bleep ] the fight was recorded and posted on youtube while the father allegedly warned everyone not to interfere. the mother of the girl who was the target spoke with our affiliate wsb. >> the father is there, saying nobody touch my child, but my child was on the ground, pleading for someone to get her off of her. my child could have di
'll be charged with felony interference with custody. >>> a tragic scene in california where three people were killed in a small plane crash near san diego. faa official says the plane crashed under unknown circumstances. it was heading to phoenix. an investigation is under way. >>> to massachusetts now, where a snowstorm is pounding the state. boston could see up to eight inches of snow today. the city's mayor has already declared a snow already. a top priority there is getting the roads cleared for public safety. freezing temperatures are in the forecast there for this week. >>> their neighbors to the south in rhode island, also breaking out the shovels this morning. look at this video. about a foot of snow has already fallen in some parts of the state. >>> it's the site of the worst oil spill in u.s. history. now, more than two years later we're getting an upclose look at the wreckage. there had been reports of a recurring oil sheen in the area, but the coast guard says no leaking oil was found. it was closed and cemented in september of 2010. >>> overseas now where syria is bracing for eve
. in the next half hour, we'll talk about the prospect for a fiscal cliff deal with california's democratic congressman xavier becerra. >>> the rain and flooding are relentless in northern california. four storms in less than a week left at least one death now attributed to those storms. and more rain is expected today. let's get right to meteorologist rob marciano. he is following it all from the cnn weather center in atlanta. good morning. >> good morning, zoraida. this is the worst stretch of storms that northern california has seen really in about two years. another punch today then we'll set up for a dry trend. the good news is that it has been dry so the ground, even though we've seen a lot of major flooding, the ground has absorbed a fair amount of it. seattle to portland, rain right now. snow at the highest elevations, and the rain will eventually push down into san francisco and sacramento later on today. this system is actually messing up the atmosphere and creating a lot of warmth across much of the country. if you live anywhere east of the rockies, actually anywhere east of the
california air. his mind goes to places no one else can access. only he knows what he brings back. back at the gym on vine street, afternoons are hardly as placid. every move the fighter makes is closely monitored. and today, the cameras have multiplied. >> hello, anchl, and welcome inside the wild card boxing club in hollywood, california. >> a live production is under way at the gym. as the afternoon workout is being streamed across the world. including the heart of new york's times square. >> pacquiao barely seems to notice the chaos around him. by this point, he's well used to surprises at the wild card. often in the form of onlookers who want a peek at the champ at work. >> very difficult to keep everybody out of the gym. there's a lot of friends, a lot of family. takes management. we have to treat every situation individually. doing the best we can. >> bold-faced names tend to be allowed through the ropes. like on recent visits, actor and boxer aficionado mark wahlberg. former world champion evander holyfield, and basketball greats charles barkley and reggie miller. >> a special d
group is called serbrus. they said they're going to sell that weapons company. but now the california teachers retirement system is a big investor in that fund and making them an indirect investor in the maker of bushmaster rifles. you can imagine there is a bit of an issue here. i want to go to don primac of fortune. he broke this story. dan, how did this -- the california teachers union become involved in this sort of investment thing with a company that makes bushmaster rifle? >> the california teachers pension, the largest pension for public school teachers in america, it invests a lot in private equity funds that do everything from health care to retail to manufacturing. serbrus is a diversified funds. those funds invested in freedom group or created freedom group, they bought bushmaster and started adding on, adding on to make what is currently the largest u.s. gun manufacturer. >> so, dan, is this like when you invest in your 401(k) or whatever, whatever investment you might have, and it is in a mutual fund and you don't know which companies are in that mutual fund. is that how
if california is republican congressman tom mcclintock joining us from sacramento, california. you are a tea partier. you're part of the tea party caucus but you supported house speaker bane area plan b. yes? >>, of course, i did. again, there is no bill before the congress that proposes raising taxes on millionaires or anybody else for that matter. there is a law that goes into effect in ten days that raises taxes on millionaires, small businesses filing as millionaires and everybody else. boehner's bill tried to stop that for everybody else. offa lifeguard sees ten swimmers drowning off of his beach and can only reach nine of them to save them, it doesn't mean that he's drowned the tenth one. all in nonsense somehow boehner was trying to raise taxes is just that, nonsense. >> your point is if you are anti-tax, vote for this bill. >> he was trying to stop a massive tax increase and unfortunately, some of my colleagues didn't see it that way. >> how bad is it up there? americans look at what's happening in washington right now and want both sides to get to work. i know it can be very collegi
of marriage act that defines marriage as only the union between a man and woman and california's proposition 8 which banned gay marriage was overturned by an appeals court. cnn's crime and justice correspondent joe johns has been following both cases for us. joe, explain the impact of today's decision. >> well, it is big impact. as you know, this is one of those cases that people talk about over the water cooler. let's start with proposition 8. very simple, wolf, it is the california ballot initiative passed in 2008 by the people of the state of california that established marriage as between a man and a woman. it overturned a court case that said same sex couples have the right to marry. windsor is the other case you were talking about, it is an attack on defense of marriage act which was passed in 1996 by the congress, signed by the president. it's called windsor against the united states. it is about a woman named edith windsor who had a long time relationship with her partner, and they were married in 2007. spier died in new york in 2009, and edith windsor got a lot of money. something lik
-sex couples legally married in their own state. the other is a challenge to california's proposition 8 which took away the right of same-sex marriage that had previously been approved by the courts. we should get a ruling by next summer. the two men who will argue on behalf of proposition 8 are an unlikely duo as cnn's gloria borger tells us. the story plays out like a hollywood script complete with a haollywood director. >> reporter: it's a script that could have been written in hollywood. the opening shot, a lunch in the polo lounge at the bever h erlys hotel. and it starts where you might expect, with a hollywood heavy hter, director and writer rob reiner. >> this is after proposition 8 went the wrong way for us. >> the lunch took place in november 2008, a week after the election. obama won the white house. but gays and lesbians lost the right to marry in california. >> we're trying to figure out what we do next. then we thought about the idea of a possible legal challenge to proposition 8, and serendipitously, a friend of my wife's came by the table. >> the friend suggested they would fi
yesterday. people living in northern california, oregon and washington state are bracing for rising rivers and possible mudslides. >>> supporters of mohammad morsi blocked the high court from indefinitely suspending all court sessions. that would suspend a ruling on the drawing up of egypt's new constitution. president morsi declared his decisions are now immune from judicial oversight. >>> it is a frightening and deadly scene in japan. just look at this. at least two cars are still trapped inside a highway tunnel after a massive section of the concrete structure collapsed. police say they have already found several burned bodies inside the rubble about 50 miles west of tokyo. it is not clear what caused the tunnel to cave in or how many cars were inside at the time. >>> a thousand cars and trucks are stuck on a highway in russia after a major snowstorm caused a backup two days ago. a 30-mile stretch of roadway between moscow and st. petersburg is completely jammed with one lane open in each side. it is so bad that field kitchens have been set up. drivers are also running out of gas to kee
as we go throughout connecticut, georgia, california, washington state. i mean, it is really a powerful, powerful thing to process. >> and we know that even, obviously, people who are most directly involved are going to having the highest impact and greatest impact on them. but, yeah, you are right. the people more remote that have been watching it, learning about it, talking about it, there have been studies on this and find that there is a component of post-traumatic stress even in those populations. we are talking about children here. we typically think about post-traumatic stress in adults. but even after virginia tech, for example, after a few months later, 15% of people who were involved -- went to colleges, who -- watched this very closely, still had some component of it. 77% of students at virginia tech had it. obviously much higher in the people most -- >> 77%? >> three to four months later. it is significant. there's a couple of things to keep in mind. one is that the quicker some of those symptoms and signs are recognized and dealt with, the much better prognosis people have.
'm supporting senator feinstein's assault weapons ban. we have one in california. for those of us who got to watch the nra commercial last week, the notion that more guns in the hands of good people will prevent gun crimes just isn't borne out by the facts. >> $100 gift cards are being offered for handguns, rifles and shotguns. up to $200 in gift cards for assault weapons. paul vercammen is live in los angeles. our latest poll shows that 37% of americans want major restrictions on guns. does this mean today's buyback may see more than the usual response after the recent school shooting? >> reporter: we'll have to see about that. certainly the city of los angeles is hoping so. but i can tell you this. this seventh is still 45 minutes away from starting and there are well over a dozen cars in this buyback line. they will receive $100 for a pistol or rifle. and $200 for an assault weapon. over about the last four years, these gun buyback programs have had people turn in more than 8,000 guns. it's all about the anonymity. the drivers come in. they want the guns in the trunk, they want the gun
be provided at no cost. repair procedures not yet known. >> portions of coastal washington, oregon, california, they will all face some sort of flood watch or warning or advisory this weekend. forecasters say a heavy mix of wind and rain and snow will pummel that region, at least through sunday. some areas will be drenched by more than 15 inches of rain. others will be buried about a foot, maybe up to 3 feet of snow. >> for u.s. servicewomen are ready to fight in court so they can be recognized on the battlefield like men. they are suing over the long-standing policy against women in ground wars. two have even received purple heart. let's bring in our cnn legal contributor paul callan, good morning. let's talk about this. it's getting a whole lot of attention. the reality is that service women are already facing combat in many instances. they are involved, well involved. this lawsuit is about career growth and leveling the playing field with their male count parts. what do you think are the chances of seeing change as a result of this case? >> well, it's very interesting. the courts have been
of california. because if they decide not to hear the proposition 8 case, then same-sex marriage will continue to be permitted in california. >> in states where they do marry as legal, but they're not entitled to federal protection which is one of the reasons why it's being considered, no? >> that's right and that's very important and the key point here relating to the federal defense of marriage act, that is the law which says that even if you're married to your same-sex partner in a state which recognizes such marriages, a state like new york where i am this afternoon, that the federal government will not recognize you for federal purposes. which means that you continue file an income tax, you can't get survivor benefits, none of the other benefits that same-sex couples may get. even though you live in a state where your same-sex marriage is constitutional. when the supreme court issues a decision next june, it will declare the same-sex marriage issue unconstitutional. >>> well, john mcafee is a political defector. >>> plus, would you be willing to give up your career to pursue your faith? t
california. well, it has been for the last three days so we want to make sure everybody who has their wonderful outfits on stays dry and pretty. we're doing that, putting the finishing touches on. 9:00 eastern time tonight the show will kick off an hour before anderson cooper has a wonderful special sharing the spotlight that will air on cnn as well. and we're going to have a great night. good times here. >> nischelle turner, thank you so much. we appreciate you joining us. thanks so much. >> reporter: sure. >> all right. well, forget the snow and the icy roads. doesn't this -- take a look. doesn't this scene look so much more appealing? we're going to show you how you can escape the winter with some great vacation deals. >>> plus, later we sit down with actor brad pitt who talks about his faw tour with angelina jolie and weighs in on political issues. >> now there's a resurgence in hope again and i hope it's a time where more bipartisanship and it's less about winning and people coming together and dealing with the issues. it's a must. two years ago, the people of bp made a com
columbia, and than another one into western washington and oregon. so far southern california is dry. this is not that el nino type of weather pattern yet. but i am very concerned. like you were talking about, the mudslides and landslides in the west. when that mud starts to ooze, there is nothing to stop it because the roots are gone. >> what about the temperatures? people are saying that it's been warm. does that play into this as well? >> it does play into it. because the moisture has been pushed in and then it's dropping down. i want to tell you, if you want to do shopping in the nice weather, you need to do it soon. retailers want some warm. so you shop. and then they want cold so you buy that for presents as well. >> that's awful. >> and for you, a ski suit. >> yes, that's an industry that has suffered as well with a bad season. we'll look for the silver lining anywhere that we can find it. chad, thank you. appreciate it. i have another weather story i want to bring to your attention. you've heard of a typhoon. what about a supertyphoon? 270 people are dead. houses gone and fla
and california's proposition 8. doma denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples while prop 8 makes same-sex marriage illegal in california. same-sex marriages are legal in nine other states and the district of columbia. a decision on these cases is expected sometime in june. >>> korean pop star psy is making headlines for a whole other reason than you might think this morning. his music video may be the most watched video in youtube history, but now an old video from 2004 has surfaced of psy calling for the death of american soldiers in iraq. that performance resurfaced in october. in his apology, psy said his performance had been emotionally charged, and "while i'm grateful for the freedom to express oneself, there are limits. i am deeply sorry for any pain i have caused by those words." he is scheduled to perform at a charity event in washington. president barack obama is also planning on attending that event. >>> speaking of president obama, he's issuing a stern warning to syria. don't even think about using chemical weapons against civilians. i'll talk about the implicati
spots that he called blue zones, sardinia, italy, loma linda, california, these are all places where people are not only living longer than most americans but their quality of life and overall health is remarkably better, as well. here is his latest blue zone discovery. icaria, greece, here, people are more likely to reach their nineties, and older people have a third less chance of getting cancer. their minds are sharp, as well. compared to the united states, icaria has one quarter the rate of dementia. he wants to capture the formula so you and i can live longer. >> you know it captures the imagination, dan, for sure, welcome back to the show. >> a delight to be here. >> people always ask about this, they want to know what other people in other parts of the world know, let me start with the question, how much is genes, life-style? >> 80% is life-style and environment, which i think is really the important part. >> the thing that people point to here in the united states is stress. and it is a vague term, and means different things to different people. is -- stress here in the unite
've lived the longest oots. >> sar din ya, italy, okinawa, japan, loma linda, california, the nick coy ya peninsula in costa rica. these are all places where the people not only are living longer than most americans, but their quality of life and overall health is remarkably better as well. here's his latest blue zone recovery. greece. people here are three times more likely to reach their 90s and older people have half the rate of heart diseasdisease. their minds stay sharp as well. america has one quarter the rate of dementia. he wants to capture that formula so you and i can live longer. >> you know, it captures the imagination, dan, for sure. welcome back to the back to th. people always ask about this, they want to know what do other people in other parts of the world know that we don't, how much of this is genes, and how much it lifestyle. >> 20% of how long the average person lives is genes, the other 80% is lifestyle and environment. >> the thing that people always point to in the united states is stress. it's a vague term, means different things to different people. is stress he
belcher was outside of the player's entrance. >>> a shooting in california on an indian reservation leaf leaved two dead and one injured. he shot two and took off in a car with his two young daughters. the police caught up with him and exchanged gunfire. >>> coalition forces have rescued an american doctor in afghanistan. he was working for a non-profit agency when he and two colleagues were abducted while returning from a health clinic near kabul. his two colleagues were released. there are conflicting reports about the identity of their captures. forces say they're insurgents, while two afghan officials say they're smugglers. >>> both sides in the fiscal cliff negotiations are much closer despite what you might think. on today's state of the union, jackie -- of the times picked up on something. >> he said you know, the republicans really ought to think about just declaring victory by going along with the president and senate democrats and taking the 98% of the tax cuts they agree on for everybody below $250,000 and just work next year on tax reform and see if they can get the top rate
shot three people to death on an indian reservation in california has been killed. police near fresno were involved in the shoot-out with the man that reportedly opened fire earlier on several people, three of whom died. his two young daughters were wounded, and police chased the suspect and said he shot at them, too. >>> the national menorah in front of the white house, illuminated tonight, marking the start of hanukkah. of course, no hanukkah celebration would be complete without a spinning draddel. >> the big event at the nation's capital, president obama will be inaugurated for a second term and that means plenty of turnover among his top advisoriers. emily schmitt has a look at the upcoming cabinet. >> this is a wonderful opportunity for me to meet with my full cabinet. >> reporter: maybe the last glimpse of this picture. >> he wants to put together a team, especially in international affairs, a team overall that going into a second term doesn't look like a second team, doesn't look like a group of second stringers. >> the short list to proceed secretary of state, hillary clinton
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